Artist's Biography

Eric Manten is a self-thought photographer who was born and raised in the south-east of the Netherlands.

Photography has been his passion for over 40 years. Starting with a film point and shoot, and later SLRs and DSLRs, his main tool currently is a mirrorless digital camera. Medium format and 35mm film photography, however, continue to be part of his creative toolbox.

Considering photography as a journey, with curiosity as a road map for exploring the world around him, Eric's objective always has been to preserve a single moment in time, transforming the reality as it presents itself to him into a lasting impression of that reality.

Eric's job provided him the opportunity to live and travel in Spain, Australia, and South Africa. During that time his main focus was on landscape and wildlife photography. While landscapes, urban views, and human interactions continue to be an important part of his portfolio, a shift towards photo essays and story telling is emerging.

Eric currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs in the upstate area of South Carolina, USA.

 

Artist's Statement

Photography for me is a journey, with curiosity as my road map. The images I create help me to understand and appreciate the world as it presents itself to me.

Inspired by a quote from Anais Nin, I want to share not the obvious but what we usually are unable to see. The best way for me to achieve this, and to communicate my thoughts and feelings about my images, is through stories: Pic Tales, Haiku, and Photo Essays / Editorials.

Although different in nature, each of these formats allow me to express my observations about the natural and built environments, and the importance and impact of human interaction with their environments and with each other; helping me to understand why we are as we are, and how we are developing, building, and sometimes destroying our own future.

Pic Tales

are stories and poems that guide the viewer towards my perception of the reality I observed;

Haiku

Haiku are similar to Pic Tales in the way they guide the viewer towards a specific vision. Here, however, I use the ancient Japanese Haiku format.

Photo Essays

having no or only limited textual guidance, leave the viewer to create their own narratives and conclusions whereas for

Editorials

the main focus is on the text, supported by selected images.